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Live Levis Lives

Pre-war Levis and BSA
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In May last year I showed you a picture of the nearest bike in this photo, a 1932 Levis.

It was an old shot from 2010, with the bike sat on a grassy lane at Clifton Reynes; just the place for an off road machine.

But this photo was taken yesterday, at the Stony Classic vehicle show in Stony Stratford. The show takes place on the first Sunday of StonyLive, Stony Stratford’s annual live music festival. The festival and show all usually happen in June, but you all know why it’s late this year.

I hadn’t seen the Levis since 2010, so when I spotted it at the show I went straight over for a good look. Five minutes later the owner Graham appeared, ready to head off along with his mate, whose BSA isn’t much younger than the Levis. You can see the BSA in the photo.

Before he rode away Graham told me the Levis has recently had some new bits fitted; front brake, exhaust and carburettor. I think it’s been off the road while the work was done.

There’s more about the Levis at the first link on this post, above. By the way, it’s pronounced Le-viss, not Lee-vize.

For travelling round the back roads of North Bucks, you can’t beat a motorcycle. Photography and motorcycling go hand in hand, so a bike is ideal when I’m out looking for subjects for the North Bucks Wanderer.

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StonyLive is on!

Stony Live Classic show5The Stony Classic Show, 2018. A Suzuki 50cc step-thru just like these but in blue, was my first bike.

Stony Stratford's annual festival of music and performance art, Stony Live, starts tomorrow, Saturday 28th August! It was sadly missed last year in its usual June slot, and delayed this year by the lockdown restrictions.

There's not so much going on this year, but it's still well worth attending. For a taster, this is what's on over the next two days, all in the town.

Playing tomorrow lunchtime from 13:00 - 15:00 are the Concrete Cowboys Lite, who will be putting the Moo into Music at the Fox and Hounds at 87 High Street. The traditional start to StonyLive, although reduced in numbers this year.

Later on that day is the Family Barn Dance, in the Market Square from 17:00 - 19:00. StonyLive says: "Here is the annual Town community event, this year your Hosts are Innocent Hare. Please read the "About" for details of how we can make you safe. Please note we are having it a bit earlier this year."

That's the "About" page at the website. (link above)

Classic Stony, Stony's classic vehicle show, is on Sunday 29 August, from 09:30 - 16:00. They say: "A gathering of all types of Vintage, Classic vehicles and motorcycles, plus for good measure the odd supercar and tractor. Throughout the town centre."
 
There will also be Busking at Cars by local musicians during the show, and at the church, you can get tea, coffee, and water bottle top ups from 11:00. They call it Pitstop at the Classic Festival.
 
(Edited) I nearly forgot! Don't forget to visit the Willen Hospice bookshop if you go to Classic Stony; it's at 30 High Street. They always have a good display of motoring and/or petrolhead books for the show, and if you can't get there on Sunday, opening times are at the link above. I go to this shop as often as I can; they have a good range.

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Lanterns at the Lake

Buddhist monks at the Peace Pagoda

On the 6th of August 1945 the first atomic bomb to be used against an enemy was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, in Japan.

Now every year on that day at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes, a ceremony is held in memory of the victims and to promote peace. As many as 200 peace lanterns are floated out across the water during the ceremony, as darkness falls. Each lantern is decorated with words and pictures of peace.

Last week I showed you some photos from the ceremony as part of my Distance Project, but this week I’m showing you more of what went on at the lakeside.

 

Giving peace lanterns to a nun

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Hiroshima Day

Social Distancing Project 255I saw much social distancing and some masks outside the temple. There are about twenty adult faces visible in this photo, and six of them are wearing masks. You might not be able to see all of them in this relatively small online image.

 

The Distance Project 35

Two and a half weeks after lockdown pretty much ended, I went to the Hiroshima Day Ceremony at the Buddhist temple. It was the 6th of August.

Around one in five adults still wore facemasks, both inside and out. But those who stayed outdoors were quite well spread out, most still keeping their distance. Indoors, they sat all next to each other, masked or not.

Most of the people who chose to stay outside could have squeezed into the shrine room, but it seems they preferred not to.

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A Year of Lockdown

Social Distancing Project 211

A notice on this shrine says:
“Dedicated to the victims of coronavirus and the healthcare professionals who are risking their lives while supporting other people”.

The Distance Project 27

A year since the lockdown started, the Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda held two very minimal ceremonies on Tuesday to mark the date.

The ceremonies were part of a National Day of Reflection that took place all over the UK.

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